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2nd Generation Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ Confirmed

The Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ have been confirmed for a second generation. The Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ have been hits for both companies, but the fate of the boxer engined sports car was in question, partially because of Toyota’s insistence on new body styles, a convertible model most importantly, and Subaru’s reluctance to build anything but the original coupe.

Now Toyota has confirmed that the 2nd generation of the Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ (and the Toyota GT86 as it’s known in many parts of the world), citing the company’s need for sporty cars to rejuvenate its image.

“we are pretty serious about keeping the GT 86 pure and keeping a car like that in our line-up. Because in the past we dropped cars like the Celicas and fun cars, and we don’t want to lose that again,” said Karl Schlicht, Toyota of Europe’s Executive Vice President told Motoring.com.au. “It hurts the image over time, we want to keep some fun cars in our line-up.”

Despite recent unsourced reports to the contrary, the Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ will live into another generation. This opens the door to the possibility of Supra built off the FR-S platform. Since Toyota is planning a higher end sports car with BMW power, it would be simple to build the FR-S platform with enough engine bay space to accommodate an in inline six (the current car has proven pretty accepting of larger motors, as all those 2JZ FR-S builds and V8 swaps have proven).

Ken Gushi Takes The D1 Drift FR-S to Pikes Peak

The Pikes Peak Hill Climb is one of the coolest races in the world. An old school Point A to Point B race, drivers start at the bottom of Pike’s Peak and race to the top. Whoever gets there fastest wins. Sounds easy right? Well, up until recently, the entire trip was on dirt roads and even with a fully paved course, the 156 turns over 12.42 miles with only 600 feet of air to cushion your fall if you step off course mean that only the most confident drivers are willing to push their cars to the limit there.

Scion D1 drifter Ken Gushi took on the Pikes Peak Hill Climb this year and while the team had some setbacks with the 2013 D1 car they used (nothing serious, just blew the motor on the car and had to overnight the spare, then had oil pressure issues on the spare), they successfully completed the race with a final time of 10 minutes, 30 seconds. That time was good for third place, not a bad showing for a drift driver.

Last year, Scion sent an FR-S, a tC and an xD rally car to the Pikes Peak Hill Climb. The 2013 Hill Climb was a bit more exciting for the drivers, the race ended in a hail storm at the top of the mountain.

2015 Scion FR-S Suspension Upgrades Track Tested

2015 brings the biggest changes to the Scion FR-S since the car launched in 2013. In addition to the FR-S Release Series 1.0, which went on sale recently, the 2015 FR-S gets an upgraded suspension. Changes have been made to recalibrate the FR-S’ springs, struts, shocks and bushings for a more tight feel.

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Automobile Mag took the 2015 FR-S to a track to see how these suspension tweaks affected the sports car’s handling at the limits. The FR-S’ tendency to get sideways has been dialed back, and it seems as though Scion has split the difference between the original FR-S’ tail-happy suspension and the Subaru BRZ’s more conservative understeering setup. The end result seems to be the fastest option of the three, and as a bonus, it rides even better than the alternatives.

Scion Release Series 1.0 Now On Sale, Costs $29,990

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The Scion FR-S Release Series 1.0 is now on sale with a no-haggle price of $29,990. The Release series 1.0 is the first special edition of the FR-S, and comes with a couple TRD performance upgrades in addition to the usual visual accoutrements.

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FR-S Release Series 1.0 models will come with a bright yellow paint job called Yuzu, as well as a full lip kit and HID headlight with LED daytime runners.

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Inside, the Release Series 1.0 FR-S has a TRD steering wheel, TRD shift knob, unique black seats, a TRD logo cargo mat and a Smart Key with push button start.

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A TRD cat back exhaust will add about 15 horsepower while a set of TRD lowering springs will stance the FR-S Release Series 1.0 while giving the already sharp handling car a bit more edginess.

What’s surprising is that this is the first special edition of the FR-S. Scion has released 10 xB Series editions and eight tC Serieses, about one a year. With sports cars, special editions push interest long into a model’s life (just look at Aston Martin and Porsche) so expect to see more special edition and Release Series FR-S models over the next couple years.

HKS Supercharged FR-S vs TRD FR-S

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A supercharger kit might be the first thing you dream about when you buy an FR-S, but with the entire world of tuning out there for you to choose from, is it the right choice for you? Would you rather build a slower but better handling car with suspension mods, bigger brakes and better wheels and tires? How about if Toyota would build it for you and throw in a body kit and cat back exhaust to sweeten the pot? That’s the question Car Throttle set about to answer with their comparison between the FR-S TRD package (in the U.K.) and an FR-S that had been built with an HKS Supercharger kit.

 

The TRD FR-S ditches the Prius spec tires that let it slide like Tara Lipinski and also allowed a 30-mpg highway rating. It also has bigger diameter wheels, more powerful brakes, a body kit for a snazzier look and a cat back exhaust for a little extra horsepower and a lot better sound.

The HKS supercharged FR-S has a starting price right around the same as the TRD FR-S, and while it doesn’t come with the nicer wheels, beefier tires, better brakes, meaner exhaust or prettier bodykit, it does come with a supercharger. The HKS supercharger here was tuned to 278-horsepower and 215-lb-ft of torque, which is good for a claimed 0-62 mph time of 5.5 seconds, down from 7.4. Top speed on the HKS superchaged FR-S is 150 mph, an increase of 10 over the stock car. The car tested also had a better suspension and better tires outfitted, so there’s no real 1-for-1 comparison of which gives a better driving experience for your money, but the the story seems to be pretty clear that the supercharger is the hero.

The Story Behind the Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ

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By now you already know the basics of the Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ’s genesis – it has a Subaru engine and chassis while the styling was done by Toyota.  That’s not the whole story though, and X Car just released a video detailing the whole story behind the joint venture sports car.

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The interesting part of the story is that it was Toyota that pushed for the car to be built.  Toyota decided they wanted to build a sports car with Subaru and went to the smaller company with the idea.  Subaru was hesitant about the project at first so Toyota took the initiative and built a prototype using an engine out of a Subaru Legacy.  The car came back to Toyota with bald tires and a resounding yes.

What followed was a bit of Romeo and Juliet style fighting over the details of the engine, but luckily Toyota and Subaru are not the Montagues and Capulets and nobody ended up stabbed or poisoned.

 

Image via Etsy

Scion FR-S SEMA 2014 Cars Announced

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Scion is tapping the well of tuner knowledge for the 2014 SEMA show. Scion handed three 2014 FR-S models over to Speedhunters, GT Channel and Super Street (the magazine of note for every car loving kid growing up in the 2000s that is remarkably still kicking and still putting out good content {I can’t tell you how many times I’ve thought about buying a Civic and pouring money into it because of their magazine} ) to build for SEMA 2014.

All three car enthusiast-centered media channels received a Scion FR-S and $15,000 to customize it with, and all three will have to present their results at SEMA 2014 (I’ll officially appoint the winner to anyone who shows up 3/4 dead to SEMA and lies in their booth as a performance piece sleeping off the $35,000 hangover they afforded thanks to selling the car and spending the customization money). The winner of the 2014 Scion Tuner Challenge will get $10,000 (which will itself buy an exceptional hangover, plus you probably get to keep the car).

So far the builders have been mum on the details of their plans for the 2014 Scion Tuner Challenge, except for GT Channel announcing that they’ll be working with MotoIQ’s Mike Kojima for the build.

 

Source: Scion Racing

I Felt Like Destroying Something Beautiful – Scion FR-S & Subaru BRZ Win IIHS Top Safety Pick Award (w/ Video)

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The 2015 Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ have been awarded the IIHS Top Safety Pick for the 2015 model year.  To earn the award, the FR-S and BRZ got “good” ratings in the moderate overlap front, side, roof strength, and head restraints as well as an “acceptable” rating in the small overlap crash test.

The 2014 Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ also earned the IIHS top safety pick, but only on models manufactured after December 2013, when the cars were upfitted with energy absorbing foam (adds weight take it out) was added to the left knee bolster and a “structural change” was made.  Both of these changes were made  specifically for the small overlap test to let the cars qualify for the Top Safety Pick award.

Now let’s reflect on the strange beauty of violence and the perverse joy we get in watching elegance defiled.

 

 

Fight Club screen cap via imbothandmasterlovesmebest.tumblr.com

BRZ vs Bambi – Watch a Subaru BRZ Driver Avoid Eviscerating A Deer By Inches

One very lucky Subaru BRZ driver had a close call with a deer at night on Skyline Drive in Virginia. While tooling around Skyline Drive at night (he was trying to avoid sightseers that would slow him down and keep him from enjoying the windy road) a deer hopped out of the woods with almost perfect timing to be turned into ground venison by the speeding BRZ. Thankfully, the driver was on his toes and managed to slow down enough that Bambi didn’t get busted. While we’re being thankful, the BRZ driver’s dash cam means that even though you know exactly what happens in this video, you’ll still find yourself an inch taller thanks to involuntarily butt cheek clenching at the almost accident.

Scion FR-S Rally Car Ready To Hit The Dusty Trail

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Since the Subaru BRZ became Subaru’s most exciting car (cue the granola spit-take from the Outback fanclub) people have been wondering if we’d ever see a BRZ rally car. The BRZ Cross Sport was a tease at possible future plans for more subaru-y BRZs, but nothing has materialized. Now it looks like Scion will build an FR-S rally car before the Subaru BRZ rally car comes to life. The Toyota GT86 CS-R3 will actually make it onto rally stages this year.

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Toyota is building a rally GT86 to serve as a recce car (a prerunner for rally races if you’re more familiar with Baja terminology or are better at figuring words out using context when they’re in English). The GT86 rally car will scout the course ahead of the actual race for the pace notes, but Toyota plans to use the scouting recce cars as a precursor to a WRC car.

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The Scion FR-S rally car will have mild performance modifications to give it between 237 and 246-horsepower, as well as a rally sequential gearbox.

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Source: The Truth About Cars